Snow Hill

About the project

Project Information: Snow Hill Solar (utility project id#: DM FFP 01)
5844 Worcester Highway, Snow Hill, MD 21863

System Size: 1.98 Megawatts (AC) (expected yearly kWh output is 4,025,000)

System Type: 12 acre ground-mount site

Expected date in service: November 2018

Subscriber Organization name: Forefront Power, LLC

MD Public Service Commission Subscriber ID #: 17A2148980003856

Solar developer: Forefront Power

Number of Subscribers this project can support: up to 350

Is this project open? Yes, open to new subscribers

General description (provided by the organization):
THE SNOW HILL project is named after the nearby town, and it sits on a farm that has been in the farmer’s family tree since the colonial era. It will bring modern clean energy to this historic area on the Eastern Shore, close to the Assateague Island National Seashore. The Town of Snow Hill was founded in 1686 by English settlers. It’s known for its quaint downtown with shops and restaurants, as well as the Pocomoke River. The river, whose name means “broken ground” in the Algonquian language, meanders from Delaware through Maryland to the Chesapeake Bay. It’s designated a Scenic River by the state of Maryland. People on their way to nearby Ocean City should stop by to enjoy Snow Hill’s charms and check out the Snow Hill Solar Project, which will help power hundreds of homes in the region with local clean energy.

NOTE: If you subscribe to this project we will receive a referral fee for it to support our public education efforts. Solar United Neighbors is a neutral, non-profit and do not support any particular project or for-profit developer. All project providers in the state are welcome to work with us and to add their projects to our list.

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The basics

Utility service territory where project is located: Delmarva Power & Light

Who can participate? Anyone in the Delmarva Power & Light utility territory who meets credit criteria and electricity usage requirements. This project is open to Low and Moderate Income residents.

Cost: 5% below the utility bill credit value per kWh in year one and 10% below the utility bill credit value per kWh in year one for LMI customers.

Is this cheaper than what I pay now? Yes

How much can I buy? 80% to 100% of your total annual electricity usage

How often will I pay? Once a month

How long is the contract? 25 years

Will my cost for this energy go up over time? Yes, 2% annually

Are there termination fees? Yes. $1,000 unless you move outside Delmarva territory and give at least 60 days advance notice, or if you pass away, or if you are permanently disabled.

Are there other fees? Yes, in some cases other minor fees could apply. If you pay by credit card, you will be charged a credit card processing fee. If you downsize your purchase you will be charged a small admin fee.

Will I own the panels? No

Will this energy be cheaper than grid energy in the future? This model charges you monthly for the electricity from the community solar facility and that cost will go up by 2% per year. Because it’s not known how much the cost for electricity from your utility will rise over time it’s impossible to say whether this will be cheaper than your utility energy in the future.

The details

Are there minimum credit scores required to qualify? Yes, 650 FICO score for Low or Moderate Income residents. 700 for everyone else.

Can I claim the Federal Tax Credit? No

Can I claim local tax credits? No

Will I get any Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)? No

Will I get any other incentives? No

How do I sign up? Visit Neighborhood Sun and fill out the form

Can I stay subscribed and keep the benefits if I move? Yes, if you move within the utility territory

Can I transfer it to someone else if I move? Yes

How do I cancel? Contact MDCustomerCare@forefrontpower.com

Can I buy in small increments? No, subscriptions are matched to at least 80% of your usage

Is financing available for me? No, subscription is pay-as-you-go by the kWh

Does the system have a long-term maintenance contract? Yes

Can I monitor the system? Yes, Subscriber Organization will provide an app

What happens if the system stops working? Subscription Organization will work to fix it and you don’t owe anything if you don’t receive a credit on your utility bill.

Is there a performance guarantee? No

How do I file a complaint if I need to? Email MDCustomerCare@forefrontpower.com. If you don’t get assistance you can contact the Maryland PSC or the Office of People’s Counsel

Community impacts

Did the community play a role in developing the project? The local landholder hosting the project had input

Is there community ownership or control? No

Does it provide local job opportunities? Unclear

Are there provisions for low-income participants? Yes! There’s a carve-out for 30% of the project’s output to go to Low or Moderate Income residents.

Are there additional community benefits? Use of pollinator friendly ground cover may be used

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